Warren heeds advice for dream win

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Marc Warren won on home soil when he beat England's Simon Wakefield in a play-off for the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles yesterday.

The Scot, last season's Rookie of the Year, took his second European Tour title in the same fashion as his first, against Robert Karlsson in the Scandinavian Masters in August last year. After making a closing birdie to tie, the 26-year-old won on the second hole of sudden death, making a four-foot birdie putt after reaching the green on the par five in two. The win came out of the blue as Warren had missed six of his last eight cuts.

"My coach Bob Torrance told me to stop being so hard on myself and it's an incredible feeling to win here in Scotland," he said. "I feel sorry for Simon. He was looking for his first win, he had the lead for most of the day, but I managed to pip him at the post."

Joint third a stroke behind were the Swede Martin Erlandsson and the Dane Soren Hansen, whose annoyance at missing a six-foot birdie chance on the last boiled over as he went to sign his scorecard. Knowing it had probably cost him a play-off, Hansen banged his fist down on a drum containing bottles of water and smashed the perspex lid. "I am never angry, but I had to let it go there," he said.

Lee Westwood was snapping at the heels of the leaders all day, but after a closing bogey six he had to settle for a share of ninth. The tournament chairman Colin Montgomerie finished alongside him after a 70.

A closing 67 gave the Essex youngster Oliver Fisher, 18, his first top 10 finish on the circuit and secured his card for next year.

Germany's Bettina Hauert secured her second win after a dramatic, rain-soaked final round at the Finnair Masters in Finland. The 25-year-old finished on six under after a final round one-over 72.

Her three-stroke win over Sweden's Johanna Westerberg was the perfect warm-up for her Solheim Cup debut in 12 days.

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